How often do we see perfectly curated pictures of gorgeous writing spaces? Huge offices with expansive libraries. Desks sitting in front of windows that show amazing views. Seaside cabins where writers go for a retreat. These pictures bother me for two reasons.
- They aren’t realistic. People show only what they want to see. It’s not the full picture, or it’s not the norm for the person posting. They crop the mess, or they clean up before they post.
- If it is real, it doesn’t mean we should expect it of ourselves. It doesn’t mean we are less likely to be successful if we don’t have the perfect writing space.
Everyone will have their ideal writing space, and that’s good to acknowledge. It’s okay to create our ideal writing space when time and means allow. But if you decide to write no matter what writing space is available to you, you may be surprised at how much you can still accomplish.
I’m going to share my writing space with you. A realistic, honest view into what my writing space often looks like. I do have some small luxuries and comforts that help me write. But I hope you will see that an average writer’s writing space is good enough and something within your grasp.
Confessions of a Realistic Writer: My Writing Space
Growing up I had a gorgeous desk and a matching hutch to store my books and knickknacks. In college, I usually chose apartments that supplied decent writing spaces too. After graduating and getting married, my husband and I went to Goodwill and bought me a desk for $10. For the price, it’s an amazing desk. But it was a definite downgrade from what I was used to. And it certainly wasn’t my dream writing space. But I made it work for a long time.
I still had some indulgences like my monitor, lamp, and whiteboard. This was the writing environment I had when I won NaNoWriMo in 2017. My current set up is a major improvement, but I want any writer out there to know that it doesn’t have to take much to create a successful writing environment.
After getting a new desk and some storage, my writing space was still less than ideal. I occasionally wrote with my baby boy playing in the background. I prefer to write in silence and his screams, although happy sounding, were often distracting. But nap time was when I could get dishes and laundry done, so I would write for a short time while he played in his exersaucer.
Now, he has outgrown his exersaucer and I cannot write when he is awake. I take my eyes off him for one second and he is getting into something! 😉
So my space continues to improve, but I have less and less time to write. So please don’t wait until you have the perfect space to really start writing. Because once you have the space you might not have the time.
If you are looking for simple ways to spruce up your space, I’ll share with you some of my favorite aspects of my writing space.
I absolutely love my storage cubes. They give me lot of space to store books and my decorations. I love how they are double high so they don’t take up as much space. Everything I need is easy to access and doesn’t take up valuable desk space.
I love my lamp, and it’s really important for me to write in a well lit space. Staring at a computer for too long can hurt my eyes, it would be so much worse if I was looking at a computer screen with improper lighting. Lamps aren’t super expensive but they sure make a difference to your space!
My husband got me obsessed with Lego and Funko Pop. I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, and baby Groot as my office inspiration suggests. None of these cost much but they make my space feel mine. It’s important to have something in your space that makes it unique and personal to you.
While mugs are not essential to being a writer (neither is drinking coffee or tea), they are fun and nice to have. And they aren’t expensive. I actually was lucky to win this one in a giveaway. I haven’t done anything with it yet, but I like having it on my desk simply because it reminds me not to quit my day dream. So, be it a mug or a poster, or something you write on a sticky note, it’s a good idea to have a phrase or something that inspires you and reminds you why you are writing!
I also LOVE my whiteboard. It helps keep me organized, and right now I’m using it as a calendar. I like having a weekly calendar where I divide my time by morning, afternoon, and evening. A whiteboard is a great asset in a writer’s work space because it can serve so many purposes. I use mine for my calendar, information I don’t want to forget, reminders, and inspiration. I have my mantra “embrace solutions” and a picture of me and my husband kissing our little man. And lots and lots of magnets! I also love whiteboards because they aren’t nearly as messy as chalkboards. I definitely recommend getting one that is magnetic. They shouldn’t even make ones that aren’t!
What does your writing space look like? What is an absolute must have, and what are your splurge items?